Former Sun Devil Sets Records at Russian Open

Aug. 21, 2006

Moscow, Russia - Former Arizona State Sun Devil and stand out golfer Alejandro Canizares placed first at this year's Russian Open, shattering previously held records for the tournament.

Canizares shot a four-day total of 266 (66-67-67-66) to finish at 22-under par for the tournament, four strokes over second place David Drysdale of Scottland.

With his first place victory in only his third tournament, Canizares became the fastest affiliate member to win on the European Open, trumping well known previous record holders Sergio Garcia and Graeme McDowell.

Canizares also set a new tournament scoring record, beating the previous record of 269 by three strokes. The former Sun Devil won a purse of $169,834 and a two-year exemption on the European Tour.

At ASU, Canizares was a four time All-American, earning first team honors in 2003 and 2006. In 2003, he won individualist honors at the NCAA National Championships. Canizares closed our his career at Arizona State with a 71.46 stroke average in 49 events and placed in the top-10 in 22 tournaments.

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